The Beach, also known as the Upper Cheeks, stretches from the Perverse Traverse all the way over to the gully between the Cheeks and the Diamond. The white faces of the Cheeks house some of the steepest climbs in the area and is sunny in the morning and goes into the shade in the early afternoon.
Because of it's lofty position and the lack of thermal mass directly below it, The Beach stays cool in the summer heat when the lower walls are unbearable but does not retain cold pockets of air on clear winter days.
Between The Black Sea, The Beach, and the Lower Cheeks there is a small concentration of climbing that rivals in quality and surpasses in scenic beauty any of the more traveled classics of the Lower Wall.
For instance, the 4th pitch of the Zipper is as good as steep crack climbing gets in an astounding alpine position. Normandy overhangs 20' and stays completely dry even in a steady rain. As do the top rope-able routes directly below on the Lower Cheeks.
A common approach from the left side is via the Perverse Traverse.
As of March 2013, one can just clip into a thick cable and shuffle across to the Beach, completely protected. No rope is needed, and no perversity.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
8 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Beach:
Up'er Zipper 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'
Normandy 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Albinestone 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a WA
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Pull off the ground on slightly gritty rock. After a few moves, the rock quality improves and becomes some of the whitest at Index. Several stem and balance cruxes guard the chains. A crux for shorter climbers comes lower and a crux for taller climbers comes higher on the route....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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